Mohd Aasif | Clarion India
NEW DELHI – A day after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrated one year of Modi 2.0 government on May 30, Congress party launched a campaign on Twitter with the hashtag #Ab_Bas_Karo_Modiji (stop it now Modi Ji).
In an address to the country, JP Nadda, president of the BJP listed the achievements of Modi Government 2.0 after coming to power for a second consecutive term after a landslide victory in Lok Sabha Election 2019. He projected abrogation of Article 370, bifurcation of Jammu & Kashmir into Union territories and resolution of long standing Ayodhya dispute as his party’s spectacular achievements.
Nadda also claimed that the government dealt with the Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic remarkably well which he said has been acclaimed internationally. Ironically, India happens to be among the ten worst affected countries by the pandemic.
The BJP also started a Twitter trend with #1YearofModi2 to commemorate a year of its second innings. In this Twitter trend, the ruling party claimed that it has ensured safe passage to migrant workers to reach their homes through ‘Shramik Special’ trains ignoring the miseries of hapless millions. The fact that travel by the special trains claimed many a life does not seem to bother the party.
The unplanned lockdown resulted in 742 deaths in the country in a period of 2.5 months which the saffron party conveniently overlooks.
For a reality check, the Congress has decided to confront the official propaganda with anti-government advertisement. The party’s official Twitter handle says, “150 Migrants died walking, 80 died in shramik special trains.”
“I am proud to inform you that PM CARES fund got a tremendous response and in a period of one week, an amount of six thousand five hundred crores of rupees was collected,” claimed Nadda.
In a reply to an RTI (right to information), Prime Minister Office (PMO) said the PM CARES Fund is not a public authority and does not come under Right To Information (RTI) Act. The Opposition party questions the nature of the PM CARES Fund. It wonders if the fund was collected from the government units and employees, why then can’t it be made public.
Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee sarcastically tweets, “PM CARES took money from MPLAD, government departments, government employees, public sector units, public financial institutions, Businesses CSR (Legally mandated spending under company act).”
The government finds the controversial exclusivist Citizenship Amendment Act that was opposed and criticised nationally and internationally as one of its milestones. The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) censured the law as ‘exclusionary’ and recommended the US government to impose sanctions against the Indian government for it.
The Opposition party claims that the government failed during its rule. Congress MP and former Union Minister Kapil Sibal said, “The unemployment crisis has risen to 122 Million jobs lost in the month of April of this year.”
Union Home Minister Amit Shah, in his media talk, said that 2.8 million people got relief during lockdown. However, Kapil Sibal says that the government can only see those who got relief but what about those who lost their jobs and pushed into extreme poverty.”
“If the government had not moved the agenda of CAA and NRC and worked on eradication of poverty, then people might have gotten relief,” said Kapil Sibal.
As per the World Hunger Index, India stands at 102 among 117 countries.
The hashtag Ab_bas_karo_Modiji (stop it now Modi ji) was trending on number one with more than 35,000 tweets in the politics section. Supporters of Congress Party and its state’s official verified twitter handles share various memes questioning the government’s claims giving reality checks.
A new Twitter trend #StepDownModi is trending on number one.
Trending at number 1#StepDownModi
It is duty of every citizen to remind Mr Modi that India is not his personal property. He must step down and at this crucial time a national govt with talent across party line is required. pic.twitter.com/UmjcwFHsDQ
— Bhavika (@BhavikaKapoor5) June 1, 2020
Modi is handling Entire country like ' Shramik special train'
— Political Di⏺ (@PoliticalDi) June 1, 2020